I am sure I am not the only one, who over the years has become alarmed by the speed some cars drive at down residential roads, as well as the additional risks they take when trying to hit the next traffic jam as fast as possible.
Church Rise for example. Blind crest and junction at the top of the hill when taken at speed, which it frequently is. At the other end by Waldram Park Road, there is a nursery, which is pretty hard to miss with its fence of pencils.
Yet every day, the road becomes not just a race track, but a slalom, as the very important people passing through the area weave down the road swerving between the speed cushions, as they speed towards the stationary traffic joining the A205.
During this time parents are trying to safely get their children across the road into the nursery, as well as many local residents walking their children to the local schools. The fact there have not been a number of accidents is pure luck rather than a balanced existence.
On really busy days when the traffic joining Waldram from Church Rise starts to get really backed up, traffic will then opt to ignore the island splitting the two directions of traffic coming out of Church Rise, drive down the outside of the queuing traffic, and start merging onto Waldram from the wrong side of Church Rise. Needless to say, again another accident waiting to happen, and again, all right outside the nursery.
So I wondered…
Other boroughs in London and counties all over the UK run “Community Speed Check” programs. I am pretty sure some have been done closer to home over time.
My question to SE23 is, are YOU willing to participate in such a program. Give up a couple of hours here and there, to try and kerb this behaviour, and send a small but powerful message out to motorists who use our streets?
I am not just talking about Church Rise, but many of the other roads which experience similar problems. I am not sure if the police funding is even there to support this sort of thing, but we can only ask. But before asking, I thought I would ask on here first to see if it even gets the thumbs up and a handful of volunteers to make it viable.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter.
Thanks for reading.
PS, just to be clear, such programs do not involve you trying to stop vehicles or confront anyone, just record speed and details of vehicles. They then receive an official warning letter.